The Alipay ‘Future Hospital’ program marked a milestone this week by opening in its 20th province, Shaanxi, according to parent company Ant Financial. The program is now in use at a total of 63 hospitals, and the company claims up to 5 million individual patients currently use the service.

The program was launched in May last year, and aims to act as a liaison between consumers and hospitals on a wide scale. Patients can link their Alipay account to the hospital’s service, allowing them to register online, pick up medical reports and of course pay using their Alipay wallet. 

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com